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Early Support Programme
One of the goals of the Nine Year Continuing Basic Education Reform (NYCBE) is for learners to master the skills that will facilitate the transition of all to upper secondary education. For this to happen, learning gaps must be identified as early as possible and corrective action taken as soon as learning difficulties are identified. The absence of early intervention leads to an accumulation of learning deficits that becomes very difficult and costly to compensate for later.
This support program has been introduced to allow the recovery of children in case they would have learning difficulties from the beginning of their schooling in Grade 1. Teachers support have been recruited and trained for remediation and pupils requiring additional support are provided for during school hours.
The support program is designed and planned by the teacher and the Support Teacher. Using innovative pedagogies will help children overcome learning difficulties. This will lead to a reduction in the accumulation of learning deficits.
Holistic Education Programme
It is recognized that all children have specific talents as well as the potential to succeed.
In line with the government's policy of continuous nine-year basic education, a more holistic philosophy is being offered to our children to train a future generation of innovative leaders by promoting more balanced and equal learning opportunities for all students. Holistic education includes health and physical education, civic and values, creative arts, music, dance, drama and road safety.
Holistic development focuses on the child's full development, both academically and physically and emotionally. Creativity, the ability to think independently and find solutions to problems, to live together and to work in a team are the skills required in our century.
To this end, Holistic Educators have been recruited and trained to engage children in various academic and recreational activities.
Natation Scolaire was implemented in January 2017 in collaboration with the Mauritius Sports Council (MSC) in about thirty primary schools. So far, some 62 schools with about 3200 students participated in this activity. This project is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and the MSC. The project takes place every week on a 10-week cycle during which students acquire theoretical knowledge on safety and water awareness as well as practical skills.
Implementation of the Extended Programme
Introduction of the National Certificate of Education (NCE)The legal framework has been amended to make provision for the organization of the NCE.
The Annual Programme for the NCE assessment in 2020 has been worked out and made official through the Government Gazette and the first sitting of the NCE will be held in year 2021.
E-Education and Scholarships
Technical Education – Setting up of the Polytechnics
In August 2016, decision was taken for the setting up of the Polytechnics in Mauritius. Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd was subsequently established in 2017 under the Ministry with the mandate to address the emerging needs of Mauritius for a skilled and competent workforce at the middle professional level. Its vision “to innovate and craft a high-skills ecosystem" is fully in line with Vision 2030 of this Government to move Mauritius from a middle-income to a high-income economy status and to strengthen the Knowledge Hub.
Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd started operations in three state-of-the-art campuses located at Pamplemousses, Réduit and Montagne Blanche which offer courses in their respective fields, namely, Nursing and Health Sciences, Information Technology and Hospitality and Tourism.